TAGAPAGSANAY SA PAGGANAP or ACTING COACH became my official title in Dulaang UP’s Rosang Taba a week before their opening performance. SURPRISE! 😂 I was supposed to assist my thesis advisee in the production but I talked to Issa, one of the directors, if I could assist my current students in my acting class too. When I arrived at the rehearsal venue, I realized that some student-actors took my acting class via Zoom 2 years ago and this was their first time to step on a physical stage. I included them in my training too to build the discipline, confidence and endurance to perform an in-person performance. I realized that it was imperative to bridge the learning gap caused by the pandemic. While troubleshooting and experimenting on acting choices, I was also relearning and unlearning habits, and was discovering new ways of training actors and new approaches to acting.

I joined the DUP artistic team with the expectation to teach one student-actor only. “Lumagkit na ang performance” was the only thing I uttered after a gruelling week of early morning and late night rehearsals squeezed in between shows. With everybody’s hard work and commitment, we finally created a student ensemble. *pwera usog*

A decade ago, I could have chosen a lucrative career as a tv actor or an HR practitioner but instead I chose to teach in a university. This semester reminded me of the joy of teaching and my mad love for acting.

CCP Encyclopedia

On World Theatre Day…

Enjoying some light reading before my panelist duties for an MA student’s proposal defense. 😂 First time ko makita ang physical copy nito. Contributor ako ng details ng plays na Ars Poetica, Despedida de Soltera, at Isang Panaginip na Fili sa CCP Encyclopedia. Fetus me yung nasa photo na naka-wedding gown sa UPTC Curtain Call Festival 19 years ago!